Archive for July, 2012

Tapout XT

Alright; so as promised, here is a blog post about Tapout XT.

Let me tell you, this workout is brutal – and I don’t even do the whole frigging thing.

Well, let’s back up – let’s talk about getting this box in the mail.  I ordered it last week, and it came on Tuesday, so it took about 5 business days or so to get here, which was pretty awesome I thought.  So, I get this cool black box in the mail, and I open it up – and this is what’s inside.

So much stuff!

There’s the DVD Collection, the bonus Strike Training DVD, the Nutrition Guide, the bonus 10 Day Jumpstart Nutrition Guide (which basically tells you to pack your diet FULL of protein), a Tapout XT Logo Decal, a Tapout XT Towel (which trust me, the commercial wasn’t lying – you need it), a small rubber-ish resistance band, a workout calendar …  But, for $150+shipping, I would expect to get a box full of stuff.  And there was the usual advertising about other products you could get from them – bands with more resistance, a spray-energy for before the work out to keep you energized – probably some more stuff I don’t remember too.  On the back of the Work Out Calendar, there is a Fitness Guide – and actually, this is something I think is really cool.  There is a chart so you can keep track of your progress!  This is what it looks like:

Fitness Guide Chart

There’s a place for pictures, as well as places to record your weight, jean size, chest, bicep size, and waist size, and you record these measurements on the first day, after 10 days, after one month, two months, and three months, which is how long it purportedly takes for you to get ripped.  Well, I mostly want some muscles, not to be ripped or anything, but I’ll take what I can get … Anyway, here’s my chart after I filled it out and everything:

You may notice that I added another category on my chart – the circumference of my thigh, which is 27″, as you can see above.  I wanted to keep track of that, because one of my biggest problems with being over weight is how my thighs rub together and create that nasty chaffing when I wear a skirt unless I use ten-thousand square pounds of baby powder … So hopefully I’ll see some results there.  I’ve spared you all my “Day One Photo” because no one wants to see that ^^;;  But ya’ll get to see what I filled in: Weight = 188 (I rounded up; it’s actually 187.5), Jean size = 15 (or at least, I wear a size 15 pants, but actually those are a little big on me after I’ve lost this 25lbs) Chest = 44″ (and I would NOT mind at all if this shrank up a bit). bicep is 14″, which I don’t know if that’s good or bad, and my Waist, I was pleasantly surprised by – I’ve had a 38″ waist for the past like, 4 years or so, but when I measured it, it was actually 37″ now.  I lost an inch!  ::insert happy dance here::

So, today is the second day that I have done this workout regiment; yesterday was Cross Core Combat, and today was Strength & Force Upper and Ultimate Abs. Let’s start with Cross Core Combat, since I did that one first.

It started off alright; I kept up with the whole warm up, and managed to get through just about everything for the first eight to ten minutes or so … And then it started getting pretty tough.  By the time we got to pushups, I wasn’t doing so hot … To be fair, I already knew I couldn’t do a regular push-up – well, at least not too many.  I did like, 3 real ones before I started doing all modified push-ups, which is basically putting your knees on the ground instead of your toes.  But that wasn’t so bad.  Also water breaks. I’ve never done a workout/exercise/aerobic video that gave you a water break before, and I’ve done quite a few.  But this one has regularly spaced water breaks that are about 15 seconds long – long enough to pick up your bottle, unscrew the cap, drink, and put it down.  The idea is, “it’s called a water break, not a water-stopage”, which I thought was clever the first time.  But after hearing it about ten between today and yesterday, it’s lost it’s clever charm and has slipped into the realms of slightly annoying …

I digress; eventually, we got to a move called the HellCat.  I didn’t even do one.  I looked at the screen, did it in slow motion, carefully, and then saw the pace that the DVD wanted me to do them at, and said yeah, not happening.  ^^;  That and the Grinder were the only two things on the tape that I didn’t at least attempt to do – and that’s because the Grinder consisted of a series of super-fast push-ups and these crazy hops … I don’t know how to explain it, but again saw what they wanted me to do, stared, and said yeah – you’re funny.  I just did modified push ups the entire time that was going on on the DVD because I figured it was a good compromise.  Then we did the cool down and that was that – 45 minutes later I was ready to collapse; not a bad run I guess.

However, I noticed today while I was at work; my body didn’t hurt, which is good because I wouldn’t have been happy with that, and I might have had to re-think this whole work out thing.  I am not in this to be in pain, that’s for sure … But I noticed that I could feel a dull sort of ache when I moved certain ways, like when I squatted to file in a low cabinet drawer, or stretched to reach something on a shelf – that kind of thing.  Which I thought was interesting, and meant that my body had definitely felt the burn from yesterday.

Alright; now on to today – Strength & Force Upper and Ultimate Abs.  And actually, though today every other move was some kind of push up that I did a modified version of, and I couldn’t do all of every move, Strength & Force Upper wasn’t as bad as the Cross Core Combat from yesterday, I thought.  I even managed to do the Killer Move for today ( it was called the Kalensky Chops or something funky like that) – whereas yesterday I didn’t even attempt it, today I actually kept up with the tape for two of the four sets, and finished at the same time as the tape with less reps on the last two.  I was actually pretty proud of myself for it.

And then we got to Ultimate Abs.  Now, I thought, prior to today, that because I can do a few hundred crunches without destroying myself, that I had a pretty good set of abs – obviously they’re covered in fat and not AMAZING, but when I went to this DVD after Strength and Force Upper not being so bad, I figured that this would be alright.   Especially because Strength & Force Upper was almost an hour long work out, and Ultimate Abs was only something like 15 minutes.  Yeah.  It’s now 4 hours after doing this work out, and my abdomen still hurts when I sit up – I even slept for a couple hours!  Ultimate Abs was brutal – I didn’t even do all of the reps for all of the moves we were supposed to do!  I was totally shocked – and I’m especially shocked that I can still feel it so strongly …

So either my abs sucked more than I thought, or holy crap that was an intense 15 minutes.

Tomorrow is something called Plyo XT – I have no idea what that even means … And Sunday is Yoga XT.  I don’t know how you can make Yoga into Extreme Training (that’s what the “XT” stands for) but I wouldn’t put it past this guy …

In the meantime, I’ll probably post some cooking/baking stuff and just give updates on my TapOut exploits – this will probably be the only TapOut-centric post until the 10 day mark, and then the 30, 60, and 90 days to see how I’m doing as far as my weight and the size of things … I was also considering making a YouTube channel to sort of track my TapOut XT progress – I recorded a video on my phone, but I haven’t done anything with it yet … So we’ll see if anything comes of that – I’ll keep you posted.

So, until next time, which will probably be about my rewards system, or maybe my Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge cake … (I can see y’all drooling … xD)


Weight Loss

I wish I could look like this …


WARNING: This is going to be a SUPER long post … ^^;;


Alright; so I have been MIA for quite some time … And I admit, it’s because I got a little depressed, and I was kinda slugging it around, not really wanting to get out of my own way … You get the idea.  I won’t bore you with all the gore-y details, but I will say that I haven’t been myself for a while – I’ve been in a rut, even before I became a Vegan and started this blog; I thought that changing my eating habits and being more healthy would help me get out of it … And it sort of did for a little while – superficially at least.  However, what I thought was me getting better really wasn’t – it was just me throwing myself at something new and exciting, and hoping that that was the cure …

So I sat down one day, about eight weeks ago, (well after my last blog post, I know) and thought to myself – Raeynn, what is the matter with you?  Why are you so unhappy?

And I said to myself, Beau, I think it’s the fact that I’m so overweight.  In fact, I think it’s always been at least in part the fact that I’m so damned overweight …

But this was a special case.  As far as I am aware, I have never, ever weighed over 200lbs; in fact, in high school, which was really the last time I had regular access to a scale, I weighed somewhere around 183lbs pretty consistently.  Well, I started a new part-time job, and one of the things I had to do before I could officially go to work was get a physical – and that included recording my height and weight.  I was pleasantly surprised to be categorized another quarter inch or so taller than I had previously supposed myself to be … But my weight.


I almost fell off of the scale when I saw that.

So, as I have in the past, I decided that I was going to try that whole loosing weight thing – I looked up what the internet said I should be eating to lose weight, which the consensus seemed to be between 10-12x my body weight.  Alright; easy enough.

212lbs x 10-12 = 2120-2544 calories

Fine; now that I had my number, I figured I would just figure out how many calories I eat in a day, and I would adjust accordingly.  What I found out shocked me.

Do you know how hard it is to eat even 2000 calories in one day on a vegan diet?

Alright; let me re-phrase that.  Do you know how hard it would be for me to eat even just 2000 calories on a vegan diet?

Put it this way; after I clocked calories for two or three days, I was at an average of 800 calories/day – one day I even got up to 1000.  Which is drastically less than I thought I was supposed to be eating, and I didn’t know how I was going to eat that many calories in a day – I always eat when I’m hungry, no earlier and no later, and I eat a serving of whatever I’m eating, which always makes me full for a couple hours, which is what it’s supposed to do …

So for a while, I was stopping at Chipotle to make up my calories, and even added a little cheese and/or sour cream to a burrito in order to get a little more bang for my buck.  Not only did this make me sick, but eating a whole Chipotle burrito in one sitting is brutal on my digestive tract anyway – not to mention that at almost $10 a pop, it was eating a whole in my already very tiny wallet very quickly.  Add forcing myself to bike at least 7 miles/day, and it was just really stressful trying to make up all the calories I was supposed to eat – not to mention actually COUNTING all of them, keeping lists, adding and subtracting … Long story short I hated it.  However, I did loose 12lbs in about a month or so, which is about right on target for me, so that was exciting.


All of the added stress due to the means in my mind weren’t justified by the end.

And then, I got my new phone – A SMART PHONE! ::cue angelic chorus here::

It’s probably the crappiest android on the market, but it goes online and has apps and all of this magical stuff, so I am happy xD  And, speaking of apps, there was one that was completely and utterly my life saver.  A little app with a corresponding website called My Fitness Pal (click there to go to the website).

This little thing is absolutely AMAZING!  You start off telling it your weight, which at that point for me was 200lbs, and then you tell it how much weight  you want to lose (in my case, about 80lbs, but that’s being optimistic I think, even though that’s what I told it) and then you tell it about how many lbs/week you want to lose – anywhere from half a pound to 2.5lbs if I remember correctly.  I told it 2.5 – I want this flab gone!  Then, it tells you how many calories/day you should try to eat, and it tells you how much exercise you should do/day.  In my case it told me to eat 1200 calories (which is the lowest amount of calories you should eat, because if you eat less than that your body goes into starvation mode and you actually stop loosing weight) and I should exercise between 30-45min/day.

Needless to say, going from 800 calories/day to 1200 calories/day was a lot easier than trying to triple my caloric intake and not be sick constantly.

Also, this little thing is really convenient to use, because I can just update what I’m eating for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or a Snack from my phone, and a lot of my food items are already entered into the database, so I don’t have to figure out the calories or anything!  It’s also a great little motivator – it posts messages like “[Your Name] has logged in for 5 days in a row!” and it seems all happy and excited about it.  And when you come in under your caloric intake (which is easy if you exercise but still only eat around 1200 calories, because it adds the calories you burned to the calories you’re allowed to eat for that day) it posts a message that “[Your Name] came in under [his/her] calorie goal for the day!”

I dunno; something about those little messages always makes me really happy – it’s not like it’s telling you ‘come on, you can eat less calories’, but … It’s like a passive motivator instead of an active one?  I guess?  Whatever; either way, it really motivates me to eat less calories and log in every day to track my calories.

In the month that I’ve been using My Fitness Pal, I’ve lost another 13lbs, bringing my total weight down to 187.5lbs, and my weight loss up to 25lbs! 🙂  Also, in keeping with my fitness strategy, I have gotten myself 2 presents – one for losing 10lbs, and one for losing 25lbs.  Actually, technically it’s 2 for losing 25lbs, but … Well, I don’t really count one of those two.

Also, now that I’m down 25lbs, I decided that I wanted some muscle definition to go along with my slim-ness, instead of just being skinny … I still want to look like I could kick your butt and take names later if I wanted to (though right now that’s just because if I sat on you you might die …), so I got something else that hopefully will accomplish this for me.

Tap Out XT.

Stay tuned for another blog post on that – this one’s already waaaaay too long, but I just finished the first work out of the set, and let me tell you, it’s going to be  a rough 90 days … Aaaand, stay tuned for the results of my baking a vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Cake and bringing it to work – without telling my co workers it was vegan!

‘Till next time!

– RaeynnBeau